Archive for July 12th, 2007

Bush Administration Muzzled Surgeon General

by Geezer Power …10:32 AM PDT

Another ex military man speaking out against abuses of power by the Bu$h administration. Well, there’s nothing new here except that he was also a doctor and was the U.S. Surgeon General. He was appointed by Bu$h in 2oo2 and quietly left office at the expiration of his term in July, 2006.

Add one more to the list.

Posted on: July 11, 2007 9:27 AM, by Nick Anthis

Yesterday, former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona testified before congress that he was subjected to extensive and systematic political interference in his work by the Bush Administration. From Gardiner Harris of The New York Times:

Former Surgeon General Richard H. Carmona told a Congressional panel Tuesday that top Bush administration officials repeatedly tried to weaken or suppress important public health reports because of political considerations.

The administration, Dr. Carmona said, would not allow him to speak or issue reports about stem cells, emergency contraception, sex education, or prison, mental and global health issues. Top officials delayed for years and tried to “water down” a landmark report on secondhand smoke, he said. Released last year, the report concluded that even brief exposure to cigarette smoke could cause immediate harm.


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The Quality of McCain’s Advisors Cannot be Matched

Posted by Basheert @8:44 AM MST

Another one bites the dust – co-chair of McCain’s campaign in FL arrested for “soliciting an undercover cop”. Quality always wins.


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15 Congress Members for Impeachment

by- Suzie-Q @ 6:20 AM MST

Congressman Sam Farr (D., Calif.) is the latest member of Congress to respond to intense pressure from his constituents and co-sponsor H Res 333, articles of impeachment against Vice President Dick Cheney. The official list of co-sponsors at thomas.loc.gov includes 11 names, plus the original sponsor Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D., Ohio). That makes 12. In addition, Congressman Bob Filner (D., Calif.) has said he will sign on, and has said so publicly in media interviews including this one: http://www.atlantaprogressivenews.com/news/0189.html

That makes 13, or 14 with Farr. Then there is Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (D., Ill.) who has not signed onto H Res 333 or introduced his own articles of impeachment against Cheney or Bush, but who recently released this statement:

“In her first weeks as leader of the Congress, Speaker Nancy Pelosi withdrew the notion of impeachment proceedings against either President Bush or Vice President Cheney [actually she did that 8 months earlier, and Jackson began parroting her line right away, but who’s counting]. With the president’s decision to once again subvert the legal process and the will of the American people by commuting the sentence of convicted felon Lewis ‘Scooter’ Libby, I call on House Democrats to reconsider impeachment proceedings. Lewis Libby was convicted of lying under oath to cover up the outing of active, undercover CIA agent, Valerie Plame. It is beyond unthinkable that the president would undermine the legal process to protect a man who engaged in treason against the United States government, threatening the security of the American people. In November’s election, voters put Democrats in charge of Congress because they believed our pledge of oversight and accountability. Now it’s time for us to honor that pledge. The Executive Branch should be held responsible for its illegalities. Our democratic system is grounded in the principle of checks and balances. When the Executive Branch disregards the will of the people, our lawmakers must not be silent. Today’s actions, coupled with the president’s unwillingness to comply with Senate and House inquiries, leave Democrats with no other option than to consider impeachment so that we can gather the information needed to achieve justice for all Americans.”

If Jackson signs onto H Res 333, there will be 15 cosponsors.


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Firefighters undercut Giuliani’s ‘urban legend’

Anthony @ 12:00 BST

Nick Juliano
Raw Story
Published: Wednesday July 11, 2007

Nearly everyone has seen the footage of Rudy Giuliani on 9/11 and in the days immediately afterwards, acting decisive, examining the wreckage, calming a city and a nation. Giuliani has done everything in his power to brandish his reputation as “America’s Mayor,” and he’s cashed in on the persona, politically and financially.

New York firefighters who were at the World Trade Center when it collapsed and family members of those who didn’t make it out released a video aimed at shattering what they’re calling Giuliani’s “urban legend.”

“He’s running on his 9/11 leadership, and it was lacking and there was none,” FDNY Deputy Chief Jim Riches says in the video, which was released Wednesday by the International Association of Firefighters’ political action committee.

The firefighters blame Giuliani for buying the department radios that were known to malfunction. When department commanders gave an order to evacuate the north tower of the World Trade Center, but firefighters were unable to hear the order because of the faulty radios and died in the building, the video alleges.

Firefighters had nearly an hour to get out of the building after the first call came through at 9:32 a.m., at the same time New York police officers were evacuating the building.

“Not a single cop was lost in that building. Why was that?” asked retired Chief of Safety Alexander Santora. “Because they had gotten the word to get out. Our radios weren’t working.”


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GOP Sen. Gordon Smith calls war in Iraq ‘insane’

Anthony @ 11:25 BST

David Edwards and Muriel Kane
Raw Story
Published: Tuesday July 10, 2007

Fox News, reporting Tuesday on the increasing number of Republicans in Congress criticizing the Iraq War, interviewed Senator Gordon Smith (R-OR), cosponsor of a resolution for withdrawal.

Smith is known for a speech last December in which he stated, “I, for one, am at the end of my rope when it comes to supporting a policy that has our soldiers patrolling the same streets in the same way, being blown up by the same bombs day after day. That is absurd. It may even be criminal.”

Smith told Fox, “If I could do anything over, I would – in that speech I gave – I would replace the word ‘criminal’ with the word ‘insane.'” He suggested that the “surge” might have had a chance of working four years ago, but said, “On my numerous visits to Iraq … each time I go, the government seems more and more dysfunctional. And all we’re doing is depending on them to step up and govern.”Smith went on to explain the legislation he is sponsoring, saying, “There’s nothing in this amendment that says we withdraw from the war on terror.” When Fox host Shepard Smith pressed him on whether there might be a civil war in Iraq that is indistinguishable from the war on terror, the senator denied both points. “It may become a full-blown civil war,” he acknowledged, “but the point is, it’s not ours, it’s theirs. It’s not something we can win. … I’m just tired of American kids dying for that.”

The following video is from Fox’s Studio B, broadcast on July 10.

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Republican Sen. Snowe signs onto to withdrawal bill

Anthony @ 10:41 BST

Nick Juliano
Published: Wednesday July 11, 2007

Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe has signed on as cosponsor to a Democratic bill that will require troops to leave Iraq by the end of April 2008, she said in a statement provided to RAW STORY.

The Maine senator, who was among the first Republicans to break with President Bush over the war, said she is supporting the withdrawl measure because the Iraqi government is failing to meet its political benchmarks and it is unfair to keep US troops in harms way for the sake of a government unwilling to affect reconciliation. Snowe is signing on to an amendment sponsored by Sens. Carl Levin, D-Mich., and Jack Reed, D-R.I., that would begin a redeployment of US troops out of Iraq within 120 days. The legislation aims to have all but a small number of troops out of the country by April 30.

“We have arrived at the crossroads of hope and reality, and we must now address the reality,” Snowe said in a prepared statement. “We need to send a strong message from the United States Congress on behalf of the American people that the current strategy is unacceptable and that we must move in a different course.”


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